High seas forecast

Issued by the Met Office at

For the period until

General synopsis

At 200000UTC, low 66 north 32 west 988 expected 67 north 31 west 1002 by 210000UTC. New lows expected 58 north 36 west 997 and 54 north 17 west 1017 by same time. High 45 north 18 west 1031 expected 41 north 29 west 1033 by that time. at 200000UTC, high 59 north 07 east 1039 expected 56 north 07 east 1031 by 210000UTC

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

Northeasterly 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 4 or 5 later in west. Moderate or rough. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Shannon

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in northwest. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Southwesterly, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Southwest 5 to 7, backing east 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Southwesterly 5 to 7, backing southeasterly 3 or 4 later in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west. Showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good.

East Northern Section

In north

Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, backing southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Very rough, occasionally high for a time, becoming rough later. Showers then fair, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In south

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5, then increasing 6 at times, then becoming southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7 later. Rough or very rough. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

West Northern Section

In northwest

Cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, becoming southwesterly 5 to 7 for a time. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Rain at times, turning to snow later near ice edge. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later near ice edge.

In south

Southwesterly backing southerly, then becoming cyclonic, mainly westerly, later, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Rough or very rough. Mainly fair then rain, wintry showers later. Mainly good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

In rest of area

Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, backing easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, wintry showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

East Central Section

Cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, but becoming variable 3 or less for a time in southeast and northwest, then becoming southwesterly 5 to 7 later, except in far southeast. Rough, becoming moderate later in southeast. Mainly fair in southeast, otherwise occasional rain with fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

West Central Section

In southeast

Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In northwest

Variable 3 or 4 at first in southeast, otherwise southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, veering westerly or northwesterly later. Rough or very rough. Mainly fair then occasional rain, showers later. Mainly good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Denmark Strait

In area north of 68 north

Northerly or northeasterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional snow, fair later. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor, becoming mainly good later. Light to moderate icing with temperatures ms03 to ms06.

In rest of area

Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 near ice edge, decreasing 3 or 4 later in southeast. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south. Occasional rain or snow, fog patches. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor, becoming occasionally good later. Light to moderate icing developing within 50 miles of ice edge with temperatures ms02 to ms05.

North Iceland

In north

Southerly 4 or 5 at first in southeast, otherwise northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 near ice edge, then decreasing 4 at times later in south. Moderate or rough. Occasional snow, but rain and fog patches at first in south and east. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor, becoming occasionally good later. Light to moderate icing within 100 miles of ice edge with temperatures ms03 to ms06.

In southeast

Southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally poor at first.

In rest of area

Southwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times, then veering northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6 in north. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain, but snow at times in west and north, fog patches at first in northeast. Good, occasionally poor, but occasionally very poor at first in northeast. Light to moderate icing developing within 50 miles of the ice edge with temperatures ms02 to ms05.

Norwegian Basin

Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, decreasing 3 or 4 later in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Severe gales expected in West Central Section, with gales in East Northern Section, West Northern Section, East Central Section, Denmark Strait and Norwegian Basin.

Unscheduled storm warnings are broadcast via Safetynet and in bulletin WONT54 EGRR available via some internet and ftpmail outlets

Storm warnings

Storm warnings, issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

No storm warnings

Issued: